International relations / Africa news
President Jacob Zuma recently hosted the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani on a two-day state visit to South Africa.
“The state visit aims to deepen and strengthen the already existing good political, economic and social relations.
“The visit by the Emir will further review progress in South Africa-Qatar bilateral, political and economic relations and identify three short-term projects in the fields of trade and investment, agriculture and oceans economy,” said the Presidency.
The Emir’s visit follows the successful state visit by President Zuma to the State of Qatar in May 2016.
President Zuma’s visit to Qatar focused on cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture and agro-processing, defence, the ocean economy, as well as tourism.
It also led to the proposed elevation of structured bilateral engagement to Ministerial level and agreements to establish a Joint Technical Committee and pursue the establishment of a joint SA-Qatar Investment Fund in cooperation with Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
The visit is also anticipated to provide the two Heads of State a platform to discuss matters of strategic interest related to regional and global security.
Meanwhile, total trade between South Africa and Qatar has increased from R4 billion in 2012 to R7 billion in 2016.
One of South Africa's largest investments in the Middle East is Sasol’s joint venture gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility located in Qatar. Other South African investments in Qatar include PetroWorld, PetroSA, and CKR Consulting Engineers.
The Emir was accompanied on his trip to South Africa by a high powered business delegation.